You guys – Christmas is 16 days away! How did this happen? Stuck in a “what do I get this person” rut? Need ideas for things to do for Christmas and New Years? Fear not, What’s Up NW fans, I have some pretty cool gift ideas and upcoming events for you! I’ve worked with some of my fantastic local partners to come up with this unique holiday gift guide and list of all the Instagram-worthy events and I hope it inspires you to explore everything the area has to offer! Buckle up and let’s go!
Holiday fun at Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Alderbrook has so many incredible events and experiences for Christmas and New Years!
Gift of elevated eco-friendly fashion with Amour Vert
Give the gift of sustainable fashion this holiday season with Amour Vert – each style is made in limited quantities to ensure the highest production standard and eliminate excess waste.
Gift of #girlpower with andieanderin
One-of-a-kind neckties inspired by influential women both past and present!
Photos with Santa at three Anko locations
Anko Lynnwood, Totem Lake and Burien are each hosting free photos with Santa on Sunday December 15! Families can avoid the long lines at the mall and reserve a timeslot ahead of time, and all photos are sent instantly by email. Walk-ins are also accepted. Reserve your time slots at these links: Lynnwood, Totem Lake and Burien.
Gift of acupuncture at Ballard Acupuncture Center
Acupuncture can be an incredible gift for the health of your friends and family – and did you know many insurance plans cover it? Ballard Acupuncture Center is offering a holiday boutique sale now through December 31!
Gift of stylish kids clothing at Beet World
Beet World brings together beautiful design, great styling and gorgeous fabrics in a childrenswear collection for girls sizes 2T – 12. Designed in Seattle, the collection features 100% woven cotton garments with beautiful European-inspired styling.
Holiday shopping and events at The Bellevue Collection
From the iconic Snowflake Lane to champagne gala and Star Wars specials to Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration AND over 50 restaurants making holiday shopping and celebrations that much better – it can all be done at The Bellevue Collection.
Gift of travel with Bio-Monte
Every single Bio-Monte hand-tailored tour has been crafted to ensure that you: Drink in Italy’s culture, taste Italy’s seasons and regions, see Italy like a local, witness Italy’s essentials, be invited to the Italian table, and travel Italy right! I’m also traveling with them to Tuscany in October 2020 – you should join me! Details here.
Gift of charity and fun by booking a stay at Charter Hotel Seattle
Charter Hotel is offering a Hilton Legacy package in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and they have some incredible Christmas Eve and Day specials!
Gift of wine from Chipmonkey Wine
Birthdays, anniversaries, car theft, terrible toddlers, nice neighbors, great teachers, the manflu, happy break-ups, tough break-ups.. No matter the occasion…THERE’S A WINE FOR THAT! and Chip Monkey will send it!
Gift of travel with Conquer Peru
Planning your trip to Peru with Conquer Peru offers you the chance the immerse yourself in the diversity and beauty of one of Latin America’s most incredible destinations. I’m also hiking the Inca Trail in July, and you should join me!
Cocktail making at Currant Bistro
On December 10, bring your friends to Baby, It’s Cold Outside and learn how to make hot cocktails!
Gift of driving school with DirtFish
It’s not your ordinary driving school, folks. Give someone the most unique gift possible (or get it for yourself!)
A world of Christmas wonder awaits at Enchant Christmas
Unwrap new traditions and make memories big and small as you wind your way through a luminescent land of beautiful arches, larger-than-life sculptures and decadent delights at T-Mobile Park, now through December 29th.
Gift of sensory deprivation with Float Seattle
For those that need help with their zen and focus!
12 Days of Holiday Cheer at Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Hot chocolate, hard candy, sangria and cookies, ugly sweater discounts, fruitcake, giveaways and so much more!
Holiday activities with Ivar’s
Clam Lights, “Santa” Clam, Argosy Christmas Ship sailings with a stop at Ivar’s Salmon House, live entertainment by Kamiak High School Barbershop Ensembles at Mukilteo Landing, New Year’s Eve – so much to see, do and eat with Ivar’s!
Gift of dark chocolate by jcoco
jcoco offers gift collections for gourmet chocolate lovers who prefer to walk on the dark side.
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker at The Triple Door
Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann snowstorm into Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door this December for the fourteenth-annual installment of Land Of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, an award-winning wintertime spectacle that gives the traditional ballet a bawdy makeover. The show plays December 12-29, 2019.
Gift of K-Beauty Bliss with K Ba-Nana
K Ba-Nana stocked coveted K-beauty favorites including sheet masks, make-up, nail polish, fashion accessories and gift sets!
Gift of sensory deprivation with LifeFloat
For those who need a little more space to find their inner peace!
Gift of organic, plant-based skincare with LUMVI
LUMVI is an eco-luxe line of plant-based, organic skincare designed to nourish and supplement skin. Short for “luminous vitality,” LUMVI is enlightened skincare made with intention.
Ultimate Charcuterie Collection by Made in Washington Stores
Anacortes-based SeaBear Wild Salmon has teamed up with Seattle’s Salumi Artisan Cured Meats Cured Meats to launch the Ultimate Northwest Charcuterie Collection, featuring all the components necessary to prepare a show-stopping charcuterie board for any party, while also making the perfect gift for the food lover this holiday season.
Gift of beauty sleep by Moonlit Skincare
Moonlit Skincare has so much to offer this holiday season! Sleepy Spritzzz is an alcohol-free toner that reveals refreshed, balanced and clarified skin and is available in full and travel size! They also offer Midnight Shift, a lavender-infused overnight facial oil featuring a blend of powerful ingredients! Slumber Bath Salts make a great gift for busy moms that don’t have time for a full spa day!
Holiday events at Pacific Place
Pacific Place, downtown Seattle’s premier destination for shopping, entertainment and dining, announces two new pop-up shops and retail experiences, just in time for the holidays: Wishes Toys, Books & Game and Simply Seattle.
Holiday events at Pacific Science Center
Now through the end of the year, PacSci has a full schedule of holiday activities to inspire winter wonder. From snowball fights to Abominable Snowman photo ops and New Year’s Eve, there’s a variety of options sure to delight kids and adults alike.
Gift of hot cacao with Retreat Drinks
Retreat Drinks offers organic Superfood drink mixes that are ideal for on-the-go lifestyles. The signature drinks can be made anywhere – at the office, camping, traveling, or in the comfort of your home! The best selling Hot Cacao is made with organic raw cacao (aka healthy chocolate), organic coconut cream, organic maple, and Himalayan salt. It is a vegan and gluten-free delight that only requires hot water to make!
Gift of cheese with River Valley Cheese
What could be more fun than a cheese-making class? Trust me, nothing!
Gift of Seattle Seawolves rugby gear
The Seattle Seawolves rugby team has been on FIRE the last two seasons (CHAMPIONS!) and what better gift to give to the rugby fans in your life than Seawolves gear? With scarves, serving boards, kanteens, picnic chairs, coolers, backpacks and more – there is something for everyone! See you on the field in 2020!
Holiday tasting at SODO Wine Works
The wineries at SODO Wine Works are hosting a holiday tasting on December 15, with Santa Claus, the Grinch, Dickens Carolers and Mariachi Manarcas!
Gift of fashion footwear for all at Universal Standard
Offered from size 6 to 13, the new line of boots by Universal Standard features a comfortable stacked heel and pliable fabric that adjusts to a variety of calf widths. Available in ankle length and tall. Universal Standard also designs clothing that obliterates the dividing line of size – with clothing ranging from sizes 00 to 40 – the most inclusive brand in the industry!
Gifts for those less fortunate with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission gift catalog has holiday gifts that represent a meal, a blanket, addiction recovery and life skill classes, and more for Seattle’s homeless.
Dining at Urbane
With a week-long holiday brunch special, Christmas Eve and Day dinner and a New Years’s Eve dinner – Urbane great option if you want to give the gift of food!
A Very Die Hard Christmas at Seattle Public Theater
It’s a Christmas miracle, Yippie Ki Yay! After a full sold-out run in 2018, A Very Die Hard Christmas returns to Seattle Public Theater. Created by the fun and twisted minds of The Habit’s Mark Siano and Jeff Schell – this musical parody borrows from the iconic film and promises lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists. Performances run now – December 28, 2019.
Brunch and cookie decorating at The Woodmark Hotel & Beach Café
Celebrate the holiday season with a festive brunch, cookie decorating and a visit with Santa himself on December 14 at The Woodmark!
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.